Saturday, 12 May 2018

More turquoise and gold

Here's my second turquoise and gold card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week.

I made a whole load of turquoise backgrounds!

Most were with brushos. I wet the card with a dilute solution of the turquoise brusho, then sprinkled the powder onto an acrylic block and pressed it into the wet card. I tried a few colours other than turquoise - the sea green one found a use here.

I also made a few with acrylic paint, and sprinkled the turquoise brusho into the wet pain and spread it. One of these became this card.

I cut it to size for a 5x7 card base, then added gold paint, particularly at the edges. I used crumpled rice paper for this, to give a lovely texture (I saw Leonie doing this on telly!). The rice paper also ends up with a beautiful gold sheen - I use coloured pieces I didn't particularly like, it improved them no end!

Having made the background, I then struggled to think how to use it!

I ended up die cutting a panel from one of the plainer brusho pieces as a focal point.

I added the gold paint to a piece of white card with rice paper as above, then die cut a sentiment and some holly, ivy and foliage.

Having edged the panel with gold paint, and added more to the sentiment as well so it was darker, I started to put them together.

Some people seem to intuitively see how to arrange things on their cards and art, I spend ages trying different layouts to find one I like!

The final touch was to run around one side of the sentiment in a turquoise fine liner to give a shadow and bring it out.

I'm struggling to get realistic pictures of my cards at the moment, this looks much flatter and plainer than real life!

To see my first take on these colours, see here.

To join in with the challenge, head over to the 52CCT blogYou have until midnight BST (7pm EDT) on Friday 18th May 2018 to enter your cards.


  1. Quelle délicatesse! Elle est vraiment superbe, biz

  2. A great tip to use backgrounds you don't really like! It's beautiful and the die cuts are lovely. I can never arrange things easily and often have to go away and come back to it.

    1. I'm glad it's not just me! I never throw anything away, so good to find an alternative use for things I don't love as they are. I should do more die cutting!


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